Part-Time Work and Volunteering

Volunteering is an excellent way to develop your skills and experience while at the same time contributing to a worthy cause. There are plenty of volunteering opportunities out there which suit all interests, schedules, skill sets and ages. No matter what you are interested in, there is bound to be an opportunity to help out in one way or another.

Being a university student, this is one of the best times to get yourself involved in as much volunteer work as possible while keeping in mind to not have them get too much in the way of your studies.

Volunteering opportunities exist across a number of organisations, from charities and community groups to events on and off campus. Here are a few options/ideas:

  • Community Outreach Programme (COP) under UBD’s Discovery Year (DY) – Fortunately as a student of UBD, you have the option of doing a COP for one whole semester in Brunei or abroad as part of your DY. The DY Coordinator in your respective faculties and programme has an extensive network with various organisations and industries. Here you can consult them on which projects you are interested in, whether its making a local positive difference or teaching in third world countries.
  • On-Campus ECAs/Clubs – There are plenty of clubs under the umbrella of the university’s Student Council (PMUBD) which you can join. If you have not yet gone to one, you can find out more about these clubs and interact with the members during the PMUBD Showcase which is usually organised at the beginning of the semester. For those of you who are unable to become a member, they usually advertise whenever they are in need of volunteers for most events/activities and projects they organise.
  • Communal Work – The various villages or “kampong” in Brunei usually hold their own campaigns and activities such as cleanup at the local cemetery, or fixing up the homes of and having food drives for the less fortunate members of the community. There are definitely plenty of activities where you can lend a hand and perhaps make use of the skills you have learned.

Some important benefits that you can gain from volunteering include:

  • A rewarding experience and a great way to give back to the community — it also looks great on your CV/resume!
  • New skills and knowledge such as working as part of a team and problem-solving to organizing events and working on a budget.
  • Insight into potential roles or industries of interest and may be a useful networking tool for the future.
  • An expanded and strengthened social and professional network – going out of your way to help others can open you up to more opportunities and bring the realisation that the world is much, much bigger than you thought.
  • Growth and development as a better person – being exposed to various circumstances, many of which are unfortunate, can help develop your sense of empathy and understanding towards others, a valuable quality that one must have.

You can tailor your volunteer work to something that interests you or that you're passionate about. Volunteering offers the option to work with an organisation that means something to you, or one that you would like to pursue a career with, or even just to put skills you have learnt into practice.

Volunteering is not a paid activity but you may find other benefits such as free food, merchandise and privileges.

Nowadays, more and more university students across the globe have opted to work part-time while studying. According to where you are, your motives for getting a part-time job may vary but most go for it in order to either earn some money to support their way through university, gain working experience or to just spend their free time more productively.

There are a couple of things that you have to consider when going into a part-time job instead of just applying and accepting them.

  • Make sure that your part-time job schedule is flexible and does not interfere with your academic one. Remember, as a university student, your priority lies with your studies.
  • Do your research well before applying or accepting one. Go online or ask around regarding the company or post to those you know or to us. You would not want to end up working for some untrustworthy employer of bad repute especially work from home types.

The best way to start looking for part time work is to network with colleagues, lecturers and social media. Don’t be afraid to approach companies directly to ask about their available opportunities. Make a list of target employers, try to locate any areas that you can help them with and offer your services.

Even if the company cant afford to hire you full time you may be able to work as an outside contractor. Many companies hire individuals who have worked for them as an intern or a temp so this experience helps to get your foot in the door.

Corporate might not always be the way, you might also like to consider community based organisations who usually tend to rely on part-time staff.


Extra income – whether the extra cash is to help out your family or going out with friends, such financial independence always leaves you feeling better.

Financial intelligence – This is one of the best ways for you to learn more about being wiser with your finances. This is because you have known the value of hard work and thus are more likely to save your money for necessities such as text books and rent.

Effective time management – learning to divide your schedule/time between your studies and your part-time work will give you a better grasp in time management and at the same time, improve your organizational skills.

Less time wasted – lowers the likeliness to become bored and being involved in unappealing activities.

Gain experience, transferable skills and a wider professional network – it is more likely that the experiences that you gain through your part-time work will be of immense help to you for your life after graduation. Most are able to find out what they are more suited for and are sure of what they want to do in life after their studies whether it is to continue studying and strive for academia or pursue a career in the industry they did part-time in. Whatever the end result, it is usually a win-win situation.

A step further than the rest – Remember, you might not see it yet but all that you have gained and learned will help you be a step further than the rest of the graduate job seekers when the time comes.

Teamwork – exposure to working within a team other than the usual group assignments in university, will help you learn and understand further of the varying personalities that is available and how to work effectively with them. This will be of great benefit to you through life in general.

Problem solving – No matter how well you did in your studies, your grades will not be enough to prepare you for the challenges you are exposed with at the workplace. That is why it is imperative that you seek for as many work experiences as possible through your DY and part-time jobs. Take note of how your colleagues or you get the problems solved and disasters averted so that it can be a winning point to be brought up in your future interviews. The initiative you’ve shown in working whilst studying, will show employers that you’re ambitious and have an excellent work ethic.

Ideal Part-time Work

Small employers are often the best organisations to target in terms of working flexibility. Startups and sme’s are often in need of help due to lack off staff and usually offer part-time work, sometimes with the flexibility of working from home.

Below are a number of examples of the kind of part-time work you can delve in:

  • University Co-Op employee – Seek out PMUBD (their office is located at the Student Affairs Building, 1st Floor) and inquire if there are part-time positions available at UBD’s co-op store, PMUBD Shoppe.
  • Undergraduate/Postgraduate Research Assistants – look out for any vacancy announcements from us or from your lecturers in your respective faculty for any available R.A positions.
  • Tutor – private tuition schools across the country are always looking for university students who are interested to teach an array of subjects. Most students prefer this as well because the time is usually more flexible and they get to refresh their field of study at the same time.
  • Transcription jobs – Some lecturers/academicians and postgraduate candidates might need help with this part of their paper or research and very much prefer to enlist the services of university students. They are also flexible in a way that you can work from home or anywhere just as long as you have a laptop and good internet connection.
  • Copywriter or Freelance writer for mass media and social media accounts – You might need more prior experience in writing with this one but for those of you who do, this is another good one you can go for.
  • Sales Representative from a work from home company – this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who are enthusiastic to try, you can definitely go for it. Examples of such companies are Amway, CNI, etc.
  • Financial Planners – most insurance companies provide training to their selected candidates so you do not need to worry of previous experience with this one. The working schedule is pretty flexible meaning that you do not need to stay at the office and for UBD, there is one that is housed in-campus, AIA-BR Kelvin Pong, so you do not need to worry about the distance!
  • Court Translators – You can visit the Brunei judicial court and find out if there are any positions for Malay/Mandarin/Hokkien to English translators available. You must also know that this job is not for the fainthearted.

Take a look at MyCoNECT Current Vacancies to see the latest part-time jobs on offer